Turnbull and Asser: the shirts of James Bond

Turnbull and Asser was founded in London’s Jermyn Street in 1885 where its store remains to this day preserved in old world elegance. Although the company was never mentioned in Ian Fleming’s books, it is known that Ian Fleming was a customer himself and another regular customer, Terrence Young, turned to Turnbull and Asser when it came to dress Sean Connery in Dr No.

In addition to shirts, ties, and other items of clothes, the store displays a number of items made for some of its most famous customers such as Sir Winston Churchill. All the Bond actors with the exception of Timothy Dalton wore shirts supplied by Turnbull and Asser, most recently the Casino Royale dress shirt worn in Montenegro. While the latter item was made available, the shirtmaker’s more affordable sea island cotton shirt currently costs around £110.

As you would expect, the shirts are extremely well made and made of exceptionally high quality material. However, one of the things that really makes a Turnbull and Asser shirt stand out is the quality of the collar.


David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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